All About Extroversion

Extroverts make up about three-quarters of the American population, and as such come in all stripes. They zip through the world in search of novel experiences, social connections, and leadership opportunities. Extroversion is a core factor of personality and is difficult to modify. But generally speaking, the only people bothered by extroverts' volubility and drive are the introverted members of their circle!

Recent posts on Extroversion

How to Honor Your Energies in the Year Ahead

Have you been going against the grain? A timely reminder to honor your energies

Socializing in the Workplace: Who, Why, How

Not sure where to draw the line on socializing with work colleagues? Read this.

Successful Teamwork for Introverts and Extroverts

New York Times bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton discuss how to foster effective teams and successful collaboration between introverts and extroverts.

Some Holiday Self-Help: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on December 13, 2017 in Evil Deeds
Do introverts need more sleep than extroverts during the holiday season?

How LinkedIn Profiles Reveal User Personality

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Business profiles are meant for professional networking, yet research indicates we leak our true personalities through sites meant to showcase our professional identity.

Toxic Tagging: Be Careful What You Post About Your Friends

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 08, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Avoid posting too much information about your connections; not everyone is comfortable sharing personal information online.
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Romantic Love, Casual Sex, and Human Ecology

Do harsh environments foster short-term mating, and rich ones long-term commitment? Environmental effects on reproductive strategies are more complicated than one might think.

Are You an Extravert, Introvert, or Ambivert?

Do ambiverts actually have an advantage, or is it due to something else?
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Mindfulness for the Introvert

By Leah Weiss, Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in The Whole-Hearted Path
How does an introvert learn to speak up? The answer is in the practice of mindfulness.

The Collaborative Art of Public Speaking

Collaborating with the right partner can reduce the dread (and procrastination time) of preparing for a presentation, and improve your results.

Yes, I'm an Introvert. No, I'm Not Depressed.

The introvert must be suffering from depression, because why on earth would someone want to stay home when there are parties to attend and fun to be had . . . right?

The Majority of People Are Not Introverts or Extroverts

By Caroline Beaton on October 06, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Introverts and extroverts do exist, but they're exceptions and at a disadvantage.

Why the Myers-Briggs and Jung's Types Aren't BS [Video]

By Aqualus M Gordon Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in My Brother's Keeper
Has someone told you that the Myers-Briggs isn't a valid personality test? Here's 10 reasons why they're wrong.

Myths and Truths About Successful CEOs

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2017 in Wired for Success
Myths about what constitutes successful CEOs in America persist—reinforced by the media, corporate boards and some business experts.

Upscale “Shop ‘til You Drop” is for Poor Extraverts

By Kevin Bennett on September 05, 2017 in Modern Minds
Why do low-income extraverts spend more on "high status" luxury goods compared to low-income introverts? New research shows how status-shopping interacts with personality.

Do You Know Your Cat’s Personality?

A new study explores personality assessment of domestic cats.
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Why Socializing Drains Introverts More Than Extroverts

There are some very real differences between introverts and extroverts, and these differences come down to how they respond to rewards.
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The Reason Introverts Might 'Think Too Much'

Introverts had higher levels of electrical activity in their brains than extroverts.

A Window into an Introvert’s World

Interview with Jenn Granneman, author of the The Secret Lives of Introverts, the latest entrant into the popular introvert literature.
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Seven Reasons to Be Proud to Be an Introvert

In a culture that rewards extroversion, where does that leave introverts?

The Badass Personalities of People Who Like Being Alone

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Living Single
What are the personality characteristics of people who like spending time alone? What about people who are unafraid to be single? Four studies offer an affirming profile.

How Accurate Are You at Judging Personality?

Do you consider yourself a good judge of personality? New research provides clues on how to improve this important asset.

3 Signs That a Partner Is Likely to Stray

Does your partner enjoy meeting new people? Does he or she work the room at business events? Interaction dynamics reveal whether your partner is pursuing business or pleasure.

Online Dating Photo Fraud: The Person Behind the Profile

Online daters with attractive photos are both distrusted and desired.

The Real Differences Between Cat People and Dog People

Data shows that cat people are introverted and nonconforming, but also creative, while dog people are warm, sociable, and pragmatic.

The Authentic Introvert

Because the introvert may be highly concerned with being authentic, we may wonder whether there is anything wrong with an introvert “passing” as an extrovert.

What Men Desire in a Woman

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in A Sideways View
What is the evolutionary psychology of mate choice? What really "turns men on" and why?
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An Open Letter to People Who Talk Too Much

By Sophia Dembling on April 20, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Introverts are often sitting ducks for chatterboxes. This is what we're thinking as we sit and listen and listen and listen.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Don't Play Truth or Dare

Playing "Truth or Dare," you either disclose personal information, or engage in reckless behavior you usually regret. Sexual predators target individuals who are willing to play.